There is power in thinking positively and having a positive attitude.
This would not come as much of a surprise to most people. But the extent to which we apply cognitive attention to being positive has an impact on our ability to be positive. Harvesting the power of positive thinking is not confined to professional athletes, successful business people and memorable teachers, we can all use it to improve our lives.
In a Huffington Post article, The Extraordinary Scientific Proof That Positive Thinking Works by Carla Schesser, she postulates through the use of quantum physics that we create our reality through our perceptions. Scientists performing experiments to discover the building blocks of the Universe had trouble correlating their findings on whether is made up of particles or waves. After stepping back to see why they were finding this anomaly between scientists. They discovered depending on the scientist’s perception before the experiment, that was what appeared in reality.
The significance of such findings has yet to be fully explored. But it offers a compelling argument to the pursuit of being positive. If the resource can be tapped into by top athletes and other successful people, what can we learn from them? The ability to think positively and make positive adjustments to your attitude is available to everyone. There are a few ways to ignite being positive in your life.
A positive attitude is infectious.
When your mind thinks positive thoughts, physiologically your whole body follows. It has no choice. The body is infected by what the mind thinks. The marketing guru Seth Godin calls people who spread a positive message, ‘Sneezers.’ In the same way, a positive person can walk into a room full of negative people and soon others are inspired to see the world in a better light. There will always be negative people, joining them should never be an option.
Train your brain
There are many times in life where we are negative, we have all been there. The trick is not to spend too much time wallowing in the negative. Get yourself into a positive frame of mind as soon as possible. That can take some doing depending on the circumstances, but luckily, we can train our minds to see the positive. If you find yourself being negative, seeing only drama and problems as the outcome of what should be fun and exciting, try finding something positive to focus on. If you do this for every situation, more positive outcome will manifest. Doing this continuously trains the brain to seek success, no matter how small, in every situation.
Leave space for being negative
There are obvious times when thinking positive is not helpful or required. When tragedy strikes such as the loss of a loved one, grieving is part of the process of healing. When we feel prejudiced or marginalised, we could respond with anger and resentment. Hiding these real feelings under a veil of being positive will not help to resolve them but prolong them. Allow yourself time to process those negative emotions in a healthy manner.
The power of being positive has many benefits that make life worth living. I urge you to pursue being positive. See the powerful effect it has on your life in all areas – as a parent, a student, an employee or as a leader in business.
Have an awesome weekend. 😉
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